Haute Route Ski Traverse

Technical skills

Moderate

Fitness level

Moderate

Trip length
9 days
choose your start date
Price starting from
$2,900
per person, excluding flights

Overview

The Haute Route is perhaps the most famous ski tour in the world. There are few places in the world where skiers can travel in the heart of the mountains, over high cols, hidden valleys, and immense glaciers. The huts allow us to enjoy the skiing as only traveling light can. You'll witness an amazing mixture of cultures while staying in these huts as you socialize with ski mountaineers from around world who are also taking on the challenge of the Haute Route.
The Haute Route is perhaps the most famous ski tour in the world. There are few places in the world where skiers can travel in the heart of the mountains, over high cols, hidden valleys, and immense glaciers. The huts allow us to enjoy the skiing as only traveling light can. You'll witness an amazing mixture of cultures while staying in these huts as you socialize with ski mountaineers from around world who are also taking on the challenge of the Haute Route.

Trip highlights

  • Savor the delights of the Alps from the comforts of the charming French and Swiss alpine hut system, which offers warm beds, fully catered meals, and wine.
  • Ski 4,000-8,000 ft descents to remote huts, while crossing high mountain passes amid amazing scenery including Mont Blanc and the world famous Matterhorn. Maximum altitude reached is 11,460 feet.
  • Suitable for advanced to expert skiers.

Availability

Custom Adventure
Custom adventures are a great way to push your limits, pick your own route, and design a special itinerary
9 days
From $2,900/day/person

Itinerary

Check in to your hotel and get organized for tomorrow’s departure. There will be a meeting with your guides that afternooon at 3pm to go over equipment and logistics. Chamonix is a beautiful, quaint French town with many great shops and restaurants.
Meet in the morning at the Aiguille du Midi Tram and discuss the route plan for the day. Ride the tram to the top of the epicenter of alpinism and ski mountaineering in Chamonix.  After exiting the tram tunnel, prepare to have your mind blown by the scale and fast access to impressive glaciated ski terrain. The day will be spent with a ski of the Vallee Blanche where we have the opportunity to practice skills on glacier. Hotel night in Chamonix. 
Today we get an early start and ride the tram at the Grand Montet and cross the Argentiere Glacier to reach the Col du Chardonnet. With a steep descent (likely belayed) on the Swiss side, we cross the Fenetre de Saleina then continue to the Trient Hut (10,370ft., 3170m). 7-8 hours 
Cross Col des Ecandies (9,145 ft., 2796m) and descend to the Val d'Arpette to the quaint village of Champex, situated by a pristine alpine lake. We will take a short break from the alpine environment and have a van transfer to Verbier (45 minutes).  In Verbier we will use the lift system and a descent to reach the Mont Fort Hut.  We can drop extra gear at the hut and ski some of the exceptional terrain the Verbier area has to offer, or relax in the hut in preparation for the days ahead. 4-5 hours to hut
Today we climb over the Col de la Chaux and the Col de Momin, where we enter the Grand Desert glacier.  The group will continue to the summit of Rosablanche, and have a 700m descent to the Praflueri Hut.  If time and energy allows, there are excellent afternoon ski tour options with light packs from the hut. 4-5 hours
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Questions & Answers

The Haute Route is suitable for intermediate to advanced skiers and splitboarders.
Good physical conditioning, advanced ski ability & previous ski mountaineering experience required. Everyone is required to bring a ski mountaineering axe, crampons and harness.
We strongly recommend the purchase of an insurance plan to protect you from the unexpected.
Not Included in Cost:International airfare; Train to/from Chamonix and Zermatt; Unscheduled meals and hotel accommodations; Lunches; All in-town restaurant lunches and dinners; Personal gear; Alcoholic beverages and drinks at huts; Additional charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of Mountain Madness; Gratuities for staff and guides.
Trip length
9 days
choose your start date
Price starting from
$2,900
per person, excluding flights

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